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DVD Review: All Quiet on the Western Front (TV 1979)

War movies are often told from the “good guys” perspective, depicting tales of triumph and courage in a very black and white fashion. Although, a more balanced take was attempted with the Hollywood epic, The Longest Day, in which the monumental D-Day landing portrayed a gung-ho Allied force against an over-confident German war machine. Another …

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DVD Review: Jack the Ripper (TV 1988)

Screened on British television over two nights to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the Whitechapel murders, Jack the Ripper re-ignited the public’s fascination with the now mythical cloaked killer. Available now on DVD from Via Vision Entertainment this award-winning two-parter stars Michael Caine stars as Scotland Yard Inspector Frederick Abberline, a skilled but hard-drinking …

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DVD Review: Kennedy (TV Mini-Series 1983)

John Fitzgerald Kennedy, his initials especially, still live in the public lexicon, spanning generations. His name is synonymous with hope, equality, progress and of course, countless conspiracy theories pertaining to his public assassination. He’s been portrayed on screen many times by actors ranging from Cliff Robertson to Michel C. Hall, but in between for the …

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DVD Review: Alfred Hitchcock Presents (Seasons Five – Seven)

Via Vision Entertainment has really stepped things up this year in bringing more classic television to physical media, including the ground-breaking series, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, which came in two separate box sets. Seasons Five to Seven, spanning from 1959 to 1962, is the latter half and arguably a more refined and creative offering of 25-minute …

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DVD Review: Blue Murder (TV 1995)

Stemming from its meagre beginning as a penal colony for the British Empire, Australia has developed a colourful criminal history over the two centuries that followed. This unlawful element of the past I think has been glamorized far too often in recent years through numerous overly embellished television series. However, before this tacky trend began, …

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DVD Review: Alfred Hitchcock Presents (Seasons One – Four)

Amazingly, Pay-TV still operates in Australia, even though they’re all but redundant, but during its glory days in the late 90s, the previously absorbed, Austar, was my gateway to classic television. Alfred Hitchcock Presents was one of many shows that piqued the interest of my young curious mind, but I quickly found myself in The …

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DVD Review: Homicide – Life on the Street (TV 1993-1999)

Law and Order set the standard of police procedural shows while creating an entire generation of armchair experts, but it was the Baltimore-based cop drama, Homicide Life on the Street, that pushed the envelope and boundaries of network television. Now the landmark series has returned to DVD in one impressively sized box set from Via …

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Blu-ray Review: The Two Worlds of Jennie Logan (TV 1979)

Quite often made-for-TV movies are re-marketed or repackaged as stand-alone features for home media. Stephen King’s IT is probably the best example as many people still refer to adaptation as a film in the traditional sense. When it was announced that Imprint Films were bringing The Two Worlds of Jennie Logan on Blu-ray most were …

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DVD Review: Hey Arnold! – Collector’s Edition

Nickelodeon was the first cable television channel for children, launched in 1979 and based in New York City. It wasn’t until 1995 when the signature orange broadcaster came to Australia via the ‘Pay-TV’ services Austar and Foxtel. The following year, one of its most popular series, Hey Arnold! premiered, running for five seasons with 100 …

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